Summer Anime 2017: Shows To Check Out

Is it me or is this summer going by really quickly? I mean, June felt like a second ago, and it’s already August. AUGUST! Don’t let the rest of the season disappear without taking a look at these two shows.

Aho Girl (Idiot Girl)

Aho Girl (Idiot Girl) title

How do you solve a problem like Yoshiko Hanabatake? Akuru Akutsu would sure like to know, because in this comedy of errors, he’s had the misfortune of being next door neighbors and friends with the titular idiot since childhood. How dumb is she? She’s so dumb that she gets perfect zeros on every test in school. She’s so dumb that when she’s starving, she’ll use the last of her money to buy a stuffed toy instead of food. She’s so dumb that even children in elementary school worry about her future. She’s so dumb…well, you get the idea. And maybe there is no solution because there is no problem. After all, ignorance is bliss.

The author previously created a series called The Comic Artist and His Assistants, which focused on a similarly over-the-top but lovable character as its focus. Unfortunately, there are no brothers and sisters in that one, but it’s still a great show.

Knight’s & Magic

Knight's & Magic title

A genius programmer who loves giant robots dies and is reborn into a medieval world where knights just happen to pilot giant robots in defense of the realm. In short, it’s a hobbyist’s paradise, and he puts all of his skills to use in order to create a robot all his own. Not for battle or to even change the world; he does it just because.

The “transported to another world” trope is alive and well with a recent spate of shows killing off their protagonists in the first few minutes of the first episode and then having them reappear in a new land (and sometimes in a whole new body). Fortunately, despite this common denominator, the series that have used it are different enough that they don’t feel the same. So long as they can keep the concept fresh, I’m happy. And of course, the addition of a brother and sister to the cast is always welcome.

As an aside, I’m pretty sure the apostrophe in the title is a reference to coding. After all, as science fiction novelist Arthur C. Clarke once noted, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Therefore, it’s accurate to say that the knight possesses “& Magic”. It also works as just “knights and magic”, so extra points to the author.

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